Transfering College Credits
If there’s one question that almost all online learning students have, it has to do with transferring college credits. When you go to school online, it can be a bit frightening to think that if you do want to switch schools in the future, transferring your college credits could be tricky, if not impossible.
So, how do you know if your credits will transfer? Well, it’s hard to give a definitive answer because every school has a different policy. However, a few hard and fast rules exist.
First of all, it’s vital that you go to an accredited university. We can’t stress how important this is! Most universities will not accept credits from another school that isn’t accredited, so your first step before enrolling is to check out your school completely. And, don’t just take their word for it as there are just as many “phony” accrediting agencies out there.
If a school claims to be accredited, then look up the agency they’re accredited by. Make sure it’s a real agency and not just a fancy name. A good source to use is the U.S. Department of Education; they don’t accredit schools themselves, but they do list all the “real” accrediting agencies.
You can also do research through the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA has a searchable database of over 7,000 legitimate online learning institutions. If your school isn’t on here, that’s a major red flag.
Another way to make sure that you’ll be able to transfer your college credits is to look at what you want to do. If you’re just starting out with your education, then transferring credits up to your associate’s degree will be fairly easy. If, however, you’re doing upper-level coursework for a bachelor’s or master’s degree, then keep in mind that many universities will not accept higher-level classes from other universities.
To combat this, spend plenty of time researching your schools. If you go to one university for a semester or two and then find one that seems a better fit, then you stand a good chance of losing those classes in the transfer shuffle. So, if you’re doing upper level coursework try to find the best fit so you don’t have to transfer.
It’s also helpful to talk to one of the advisors at the school you’re interested in attending. Tell them what classes you’re interested in taking. Oftentimes, they can tell you if those courses will transfer. It’s also important to know that many schools will give you college credit for professional development courses. For instance, if you’ve attended corporate training classes or seminars, these skills can sometimes translate into a class that you don’t have to take for your degree. Be mindful, however, “Life Skills” are harder to transfer to different institutions. So try to apply them to the final school you’ll be attending to get your degree.
So, what’s the skinny on transferring college credits? Well, it doesn’t have to be as frustrating as most people make it out to be. By doing plenty of research and knowing what you want to do from the beginning you can save yourself a lot of headache later on.
Guide to Online Associates Degree Programs
Associate degree holders generally have better job prospects than those with only a high school diploma. Earning an associate degree usually takes two years, and doing so in at an online school can be much more convenient than at a traditional campus. Below are the top accredited online schools offering associate degrees in the US.
|The University of Phoenix was one of the first accredited colleges to offer online degrees. Today, it has grown to become one of the nation's largest universities through its online division and campuses coast to coast. They remain one of the top choices for students looking for an associates degree online because of the broad array of choice and affordability they offer students.
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|Fortis College Online offers associate's degrees in a variety of fields. In particular, their Medical Billing and Coding program will help students become part of the growing healthcare industry.
|Saint Leo University Online is a leading provider of accredited online education to working adults and is a major global provider of education to the military. The online programs are designed to meet the growing needs of adult students and offer the best attributes of traditional classroom education in conjunction with today's most innovative computer technology.
|One of the nation's leading Christian universities, Liberty offers a broad range of accredited associate degrees online. Their incorporation of moral and ethical considerations into study make them a popular choice for students seeking a well-rounded education built on academic integrity. Established in 1985, Liberty University has one of the longest-standing online education programs in the country.
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